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Scam warning on Government grants

April 28th, 2017

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is warning charities, small businesses and individuals of the re-emergence of a scam offering money in the form of government grants.

The so-called “reclaim scams” try to convince organisations or individuals that they are entitled to a rebate or reimbursement from government, a bank or trusted organisation.

A philanthropic foundation alerted Pro Bono News to the re-emergence of the scam saying: “We received a call from an applicant who said [a website] charged her a $497 fee to link her to government, and it seems philanthropic, grant opportunities.”

ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard said: “Scamwatch is warning Australian consumers and small businesses to take extra care when seeking government grants and to be suspicious of unsolicited offers of money in the form of government grants.

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